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John H. Haaren and A.B. PolandFamous Men of the Middle Ages (February 8, 2008)

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"THE study of history, like the study of a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.
The famous men of ancient and modern times are the mountain peaks of history. It is logical then that the study of history should begin with the biographies of these men.
Not only is it logical; it is also pedagogical. Experience has proven that in order to attract and hold the child's attention each conspicuous feature of history presented to him should have an individual for its center. The child identifies himself with the personage presented. It is not Romulus or Herecules or Alexander that the child has in mind when be reads, but himself, acting under similar conditions." (Excerpt from the Preface of "Famous Men of the Middle Ages")

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Artist/Composer: John H. Haaren and A.B. Poland
Date: 2008-02-08
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; audiobook; medieval; middle ages; biography; history


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01 - The Gods of the Teutons 10.4 MB 
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02 - The Nibelungs 12.0 MB 
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Reviewer: Timothy Ferguson - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 28, 2011
Subject: Not a lot of detail, but an interesting sampler.
You know how you can get those boxes of sampler chocolates, where you get to try things, so that you go "You know, I think I liked the hazelnut swirl, but didn't like the Turkish delight. I must get a box of those hazelnut swirls."? This book is a little like that, for medieval biograhpies. It's not, of itself, a deep biography of anyone, but there are some characters here that I now know I want to follow up elsewhere. Also, this is part of a series (Greece, Rome, "Modern") and I'll be following up those.

So, good not so much for depth, as for the variety of things it dips into.

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